Storm Born is a keeper

*Review Copy Provided by Sea Lion Books* There’s really only one thing to say about this series: quality is greater than quantity. Lately I’ve been reading a number of graphic novels that just haven’t drawn me in or been very satisfying. At first I wondered if it was because I’m more used to reading Japanese manga where they’re masters at flow, beautiful drawing styles, and storytelling mixed into one. Manga…

August 26, 2011

Mercy 2 Finds a Groove

The second installment of the Mercy Thompson series shifts focus from the werewolves to the vampires.  This time her vampire friend, Stefan, decides to call in a favor from Mercy.  She risks life and limb to thwart an evil sorcerer-turned-vampire (as if vampires weren’t evil enough on their own) causing numerous deaths all around the city.  The supernatural cream of the crop are all involved to take this sucker down,…

June 14, 2011

This series may need to grow on you

Moon Called is the first book to kick off the very successful Mercedes Thompson series. While it follows the urban fantasy formula through incorporating vampires, shapeshifters, fae, and ghosts, it has the opportunity to differentiate itself with high quality world-building. The main character, Mercy, isn’t the prissy princess nor is she the leather-clad potty mouth badass. She works as a mechanic, getting her hands dirty the blue-collar way. She’s not…

June 2, 2011

This, my friends, is how you do a graphic novel adaptation

I originally read this comic as an ARC and then decided to purchase it immediately before I even finished it. Since I was reading the series via ebooks, I wanted something for Ms. Briggs to sign for when I meet her at San Diego Comic Con this July. I was going to try to get through the ebooks as fast as I could so that I could then also purchase…

May 24, 2011

There are big changes ahead in Chicagoland

The highly anticipated 4th novel of the Chicagoland Vampire Series, Hard Bitten, totally changes the game.  This book focused a great deal more on the politics side of things. The vampires have been out, and now the shapeshifters follow. That’s naturally going to be alarming for normal humans, so they have been protesting against all supernaturals–that they know of that least. To complicate matters even further, three women have gone…

May 12, 2011

Tangled Threads – Not quite as good as its predecessors

Coming off of the high from Venom, I had a lot of high hopes for Tangled Threads, Book 4 of the Elemental Assassin series. Unfortunately, it comes up a little short for me. Unlike the prior novels, where it kicks off with high action, this book definitely has a slower pace. After taking care of Elliott Slater, Gin has sent Mab Monroe a message (as the Spider of course), and…

May 5, 2011

Consistent quality in the second time around

Magic Burns takes off more or less where book 1 left off. Kate’s still working for the Order, she’s still broke, and she’s still alone. She gets a new little friend in this book though. I gotta say, normally when children are introduced into a series it sort of slows the pace of the book and takes away the swagger. But I can actually say I was more interested in…

May 2, 2011

Kate Daniels – I’ll be back for seconds! (Gordon Andrews dropped by!)

Excellent intro to this series The Kate Daniels series kicks off strong with Magic Bites!  I bumped this series up in my TBR list after all of the raves from my fellow urban fantasy fans, and so far I’m pleased with the decision! Normally I’m not that into darker urban fantasy, but this one works for me. There is certainly enough humor to keep me interested, so a comical dark…

April 21, 2011

The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

An okay start to a trilogy Vampire Voss is the first of a period trilogy series that takes place in 19th century London. We meet Voss, a vampire whose prides himself on a debaucherous lifestyle as well as gathering any and all intel he can about his fellow vampire brethren. This line of Draculia bears the mark of Lucifer who selects them while they’re dreaming. Once chosen, they awake as…

April 14, 2011

Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Destination: New Orleans The third novel of the Sabina Kane series focuses on the kick-ass mage/vampire on a mission to save her twin sister, Maise, whose been kidnapped by their vampire grandmother. Sabina and her trusty demon and mage sidekicks, Gighul and Adam, travel to New Orleans to get her sister back and do away with her grandmother once and for all. No, this is not your typical nuclear family….

April 7, 2011